Leveraged – Inverse Mutual Funds – Risk vs. Rewards – Boca Raton, Florida FINRA Arbitration Attorney:

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) is a self-regulatory authority assigned the responsibility, by the Securities and Exchange Commission, to license, regulate and discipline securities broker/dealers and their employees, including account executives. In the event that FINRA elects to institute an enforcement action, firms and licensed individuals have the responsibility to reflect such action on their U-4 and/or U-5 filings, which can be viewed on the FINRA website under the broker-check section of the site or by viewing the monthly disciplinary information also provided on the FINRA site.

The monthly disciplinary information is referenced on the FINRA site generally in alphabetical order. This post relates to the following company or individuals. If the reader would like to review the entire FINRA release or the broker-check information concerning this matter, you can follow these highlighted links:

August 2015 Disciplinary and Other FINRA Actions:

http://www.finra.org/sites/default/files/publication_file/August_2015_Disciplinary_Actions.pdf

Broker Check: http://www.finra.org/Investors/ToolsCalculators/BrokerCheck/ /

Gregory Howard Bray (CRD #2673259, St. Louis, Missouri) submitted an AWC in which he was fined $7,500 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any principal capacity for six weeks. Without admitting or denying the findings, Bray consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he failed to adequately supervise a registered principal, who was the member firm’s CEO and CCO, in connection with the principal’s sales of certain complex products and recommendations of Class A mutual fund shares. The findings stated that Bray failed to ensure that the principal understood the complex products he sold to customers. Bray himself was not familiar with the risks associated with some of the complex products and did not have any basis for concluding that the principal understood them or that the principal’s recommendations were suitable. Bray’s supervision also was inadequate with respect to the principal’s unsuitable recommendations of Class A shares of leveraged/inverse mutual funds, and he failed to detect the principal’s short-term trading of the Class A shares.

The suspension was in effect from July 6, 2015, through August 16, 2015. (FINRA Case #2013035045901).

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